Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 4/6/14
New Orleans Pelicans (32-44) at Portland Trail Blazers (49-28)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans, CSNN
The New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trail Blazers will play for the fourth and final time this season. The Trail Blazers lead the series 2-1.
The Pelicans have lost four straight games and will likely be without star players Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon once again. On the season, the Pelicans average 99.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allow 102.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Without Gordon and Davis in the lineup, the Pelicans defense suffers, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 50.5 percent from the field in their last five games. Anthony Morrow has shown promise as of late, averaging 18.4 points on 60.4 percent shooting in his last five games. The New Orleans Pelicans are 32-38-6 ATS overall and 13-21-4 ATS on the road.
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The Trail Blazers still have a shot at the fourth seed in the Western Conference and possible home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. On the season, the Trail Blazers average 106.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allow 102.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Portland has won four of its last five games and is back to looking like a dark horse in the West with LaMarcus Aldridge back in the lineup. The Trail Blazers are shooting 38.9 percent from three in their last five games. The Portland Trail Blazers are 42-35 ATS overall and 18-19 ATS at home.
The Pelicans are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. loss and 3-9-3 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Southwest. The Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings, while the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Trail Blazers should roll with no Davis and company in the lineup for the Pelicans. Portland is the much better team and has betting the job done against the number with Aldridge back on the floor. Take Portland to win by double digits.